This will be their first meeting.
Karlovic reached the 3rd round of the Australian Open but he has lost all 3 of his matches since. He was favourite every time. His record in Indian Wells isn’t great though he usually makes it through his 1st match.
Nishioka has been in decent form recently. He lost in the qualifying rounds this week but knew he had a lucky loser place. He played Ymer in the main draw who he had lost to in qualifying! He beat him in straight sets.
Karlovic served very well in his 3 recent losses. I give him a slight edge to win this in tie breaks. Backing servers is a good option.
Karlovic starts around 1.80.